I usually cook my steaks on the grill, but with temperatures above 95 degrees, I decided to have an old favorite, steak and gravy with new potatoes I paired this meal with another old favorite, the Bodega Norton Malbec. Now this wasn't just any old steak, this was a two inch thick fillet mignon, cooked medium rare, and smothered in a rich brown mushroom gravy. It wasn't just any old red wine either. It was a bottle of 2009 Norton Malbec
The Bodega Norton Winery is one of the oldest vineyards in Argentina, originally planted in 1895. They have been producing Malbec wines there for many years, and I have also been enjoying their wines for quite some time now. They produce some very high quality Malbec wines at fairly expensive price levels, but this is their young vines Malbec at the entry price level.
Don't be fooled by the eight to ten dollar price range, this is a quality bottle of wine. The 2009 vintage is a very dark red in color and has an enticing nose full of plum and dark berry scents. The flavor is rich and bold with plum and berry flavors swirling together as they sail into a lengthy sweet tannin finish. The wine is 100% Malbec and comes in at 13.8% alcohol.
If you like Malbec, you will love the quality at this price range. If you have never tried a Malbec, this is a great place to start! The "Wine Enthusiast" scored the 2009 Norton Malbec an 86, and rated it a best buy. Norm's score would be an 87, but in six months it may be in the 88 to 90 range! If you don't want steak and gravy, pair this one up with any red sauce pasta dish and enjoy!
Price - $8 - $11
Score - 87